Bowlers finish fourth at Holiday Classic

March 2, 2008

BESSEMER, Ala. — All-American Josie Earnest just missed winning the individual championship at the Holiday Classic Sunday, leading Vanderbilt to a fourth place team finish.

Earnest, a sophomore from Vandalia, Ill., was an all-tournament selection after averaging 223.3 – just eight pins behind Nebraska’s first-place Katy Ann Sopp. Earnest had a high game of 267 against Arkansas State.

The Commodores were hoping to repeat as team champions here and while their final pin count was north of a 200 average per bowler over the entire event, they could never quite string enough big games together to catch the front-runners.

Nebraska maintained its Saturday lead to win over Central Missouri and Maryland Eastern Shore.

“In tournaments where the scores are high, you need consistency and you need some bowling luck,” says Vanderbilt’s John Williamson. “Other than our first game today, which we managed to win, we didn’t have a bad game but we didn’t seem to catch many breaks. For example, we lost to a good Alabama A & M team today by 14 pins with only three open frames the entire game. However two came in the 10th and that was the difference.”

Michelle Peloquin finished 14th and Tara Kane 16th in the field of approximately 100 competitors.

Vanderbilt will host its fourth Columbia 300 Music City Classic in two weeks at the Smyrna Bowling Center.

Top Four Teams* (16 competing):

Nebraska 10,505

Central Missouri 10,473

Maryland – Eastern Shore 10,397

Vanderbilt 10,165

(*10 team games)

Sunday’s Vanderbilt Results:

Vanderbilt 814 Fontbonne 666

Kane 132

Belden 194

Grygiel 145

Peloquin 174

Earnest 169

Vanderbilt 1,004 Minnesota State 895

Kane 193

Belden 173

Grygiel 214

Peloquin 210

Earnest 214

Alabama A & M 1,082 Vanderbilt 1,068

Kane 234

Belden 194

Grygiel 201

Peloquin 212

Earnest 227

Vanderbilt 1,103 Arkansas State 1,046

Kane 232

Belden 225

Grygiel 168

Peloquin 211

Earnest 267

Maryland – Eastern Shore 1,073 Vanderbilt 1,010

Kane 204

Belden 214

Grygiel 177

Peloquin 169

Earnest 246